Nestled in the heart of Spains region lies Zaragoza, a city drenched in history and adorned with intricate architecture. As a travel journalist specializing in destinations I warmly invite international travelers to immerse themselves in the captivating allure of this Aragonese capital gracefully situated on the banks of the magnificent River Ebro.
A Tapestry of History
Zaragoza, a city that exudes enchantment at every corner has endured centuries of tumult as the capital of Aragón. Its fascinating tapestry of history unfolds through remnants left by Romans, Islamic caliphates, Catholic monarchs and the indelible legacy of General Franco. Amidst this mosaic one cannot help but be spellbound by the ornate spires encircling the grand basilica of Nuestra Señora del Pilar. An iconic landmark where legend has it that St James witnessed an apparition of Virgin Mary back in AD 40.
Enter this magnificent basilica and you will be greeted by its inner domes adorned with masterpieces created by Francisco de Goya. A local luminary whose influence reverberates throughout the city. The inhabitants of Zaragoza affectionately known as “maños ” proudly uphold Spains customs ranging from their mastery in crafting chocolates to their lively participation, in traditional folk dances.
DayDay One;. Tapas, in the Old Town
Morning; Start your day at the heart of faith Nuestra Señora del Pilar, a cathedral basilica adorned with tiles. Whether you’re a believer or not you’ll be captivated by its charm. Across the Plaza del Pilar you can explore La Seo, a cathedral that combines Romanesque, Gothic and neo classical styles.
Afternoon; Treat yourself to the citys delights at El Real. Don’t miss out on their signature dish. Roasted lamb called ternasco. Immerse yourself in the markets. Ateliers where you can find unique Aragonese specialties like colorful clayware from Muel.
Evening; Get lost in El Tubo labyrinth of backstreets filled with taverns and modern bars. Sip on a glass of Cariñena wine at Bodegas Almau. Enjoy tapas at El Champi known for their garlicky mushrooms on bread. Wrap up your night with performances at El Plata, a cabaret hall from the 1920s.
Day Two;. Rhythms;
Morning; Take a journey to Aljafería, a 11th century fortress that showcases magnificent Hispano Islamic art and architecture. Explore its details from the Golden Hall, to the Troubadour Tower.
Afternoon; Take some time to relax at Playa Los Angeles Terraza, a riverside beach. Enjoy a stroll, along the revitalized waterfront area. Don’t forget to soak in the views from Balcón de San Lázaro. For an experience why not try a twilight kayak tour with Ebronautas under the Puente de la Piedra?
Evening; Immerse yourself in Zaragozas heritage by immersing yourself in the lively jota dance and enjoying live music performances in La Magdalena district. Make sure to explore venues such as El Garito de Gareta and Rock & Blues Cafe for a night filled with great music.
Beyond Zaragoza; Four Aragon Adventures;
Discover the beauty of Galachos de la Alfranca, a protected reserve that offers trails through forests and marshes. If you’re interested in birdwatching make sure to visit Gallocanta Lake for a spectacle.
Challenge yourself by conquering the summit of Pico de San Miguel, which’s the peak in the Iberian System. Experience breathtaking trails. Enjoy views that will leave you awestruck.
Embark on a drive along the A 2 route where you’ll have opportunities to discover abandoned farms, ancient monasteries and unique rock formations that will captivate your imagination.
Lose yourself in the enchanting surroundings of Monasterio de Piedra and its surrounding forest reserve—a paradise, for nature lovers who can indulge in peaceful walks amidst streams and cascades.
In the captivating city of Zaragoza each cobblestone carries its story welcoming visitors from, around the world to create their own unforgettable experiences in this charming destination nestled in the untamed northeastern region of Spain.